|Ekpe Udoh, PF 29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +11This guy had the game-winning basket. He played Joakim Noah to a rebounding stalemate. His interior defense was an exceptional part of the comeback. 5 BLOCKED SHOTS! He almost gave up a potentially disastrous turnover at the end, but he both challenged Hamilton’s potential game-winner and kept Noah from tipping it in on the same play.|
|Ersan Ilyasova, SF 22 MIN | 8-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +26This isn’t just Ilyasova’s first good game against this season – it’s his first exceptional game against this particular Bulls frontcourt. This game was won off the 4th quarter rebounding. Udoh boxed out Noah fantastically – much better than his rebounding numbers could possibly suggest. With Noah neutralized, it came down to Carlos Boozer versus Ilyasova for many rebound with Ilyasova’s length prevailing.|
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | +17Dunleavy and Udrih have a great sense of spacing. They’re arguably the best passers on the team and definitely less likely to waste a possession on a bad shot compared to Brandon Jennings or Monta Ellis. They were an ideal combo to get get Ilyasova back on track. They work well with other high IQ guy – Udoh – and their passing and selflessness rubbed off on Lamb.|
|Beno Udrih, PG 28 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-3 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | +18More on the Bucks passing. 16 of the Bucks 23 assists came from the five guys that pulled off the comeback. Ten of those assists came in the fourth quarter. This comeback was based off of passing and rebounding.|
|Doron Lamb, SG 15 MIN | 3-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +25What Monta Ellis did on the defensive end was indefensible and more than nullified any good will he could have built up by having a great offensive game. Lamb was a major step above Ellis simply by being aware of where Rip Hamilton was. This is nothing special, but knowing is half the battle.|
Four Things We Saw
- The Bucks finished the game on a 42-14 run.
- John Henson got the start for tonight’s game. He got the Bucks off to a quick start with some easy points and a block.
- Brandon Jennings looked injured and played as such tonight. This left a bigger load for Ellis to carry and he wasn’t up to task attacking a very tough Bulls defense PLUS guarding Rip Hamilton.